Rafa Nadal will begin the search for his thirteenth crown at Roland Garros, the third 'Grand Slam' of the season, against the Belarusian

Egor Gerasimov

, 83rd in the world, according to the draw held this Thursday.

In addition, the Balearic, second seeded, will go for the part of the box of the Austrian Dominic Thiem, third favorite and with whom he has played the last two finals in Paris, and of the German

Alexander Zverev


For his part, the world's number one, Serbian Novak Djokovic, will debut against Swede Mikael Ymer.

As for the women's team, the Spanish-Venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza, champion in the Parisian red clay in 2016, will begin her career against the Slovenian tennis player Tamara Zidansek.

Training at the Central

Nadal trained this Thursday for the first time on the center court of Roland Garros protected by

the retractable roof that will debut this year


The player, who in a few days will begin the conquest of his thirteenth Cup of the Musketeers, exercised for an hour with his coach, the former Spanish tennis player Carlos Moyá.

Subsequently, the Spanish, who arrived Wednesday in Paris has reserved another practice on the same track with the German

Alexandr Zverev


The center court is one of the few in which training is assured, since the day is rainy in the French capital.

The tournament director,

Guy Forget

, assured that most of the stars have already arrived in Paris and the fact that many of them are already training means that they have successfully passed the coronavirus tests imposed in this edition by the health authorities .

Forget said that for now they maintain that

5,000 people will be able to access the tournament daily

, in the absence of the French Government addressing them in the next few hours.

The Executive toughened health protection measures on Wednesday against the advance of COVID-19 and reduced to 1,000 people the maximum number of spectators for sporting events in the most affected cities, including Paris.

The director of Roland Garros did not rule out obtaining a repeal of that rule for his tournament, given the enormous sanitary measures imposed on the public.

He recalled Roland Garros

extends over 12 hectares and that there are 14 tracks

, which he considered sufficient for the safety distance rules to be respected with 5,000 spectators.

"We are in a position to welcome that audience safely," said Forget, who considered that a further reduction in the number of spectators would be "a negative message."

Regarding the exclusion of some players for having tested positive for COVID-19 or for having been in contact with coaches who gave it, Forget said that the protocol has been imposed by the authorities, not the tournament.

He criticized some of those excluded for having shared a room with their coaches to save money, despite the instructions given by the organization not to do so.

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